Sunday Respite – Memories of Atlantis

A beautiful day in our neighborhood but very hot. What better way to chill than a visit to the ocean in search of Atlantis?

Music: Jean – Marc Staehle – Memories Of Atlantis

Best watched in full screen.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – White Arrows

Beautiful images and music for a Sunday Respite.

Alexandro Querevalú “White Arrows”

You may prefer watching this in full screen.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – Sweet Moments of Life

Mothers Day. For many of us this day brings some sadness, with memories of those times with our mothers that can be no more.

Here is a collection of art work appropriate for the day.

Paintings – Aleksander Averin

Music entitled – Sweet moments of life – Arseniy Yakshiyants.

Mothers for you – best wishes for the day. You may prefer watching it in full screen

Happy Mothers Day!

Sunday Respite – Samovar Blues

Here is a toe tapping song set with interesting paintings for a change of pace. Beautiful day here yesterday. Spring is out in full bloom. Summer soon. What could be better.

John Sokoloff ~ Samovar blues. Paintings by Helene Beland.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – Evening for Two

This sounds like a plan. I am ready for some really warm days and a trip to the shore. The weather here can’t seem to make up its mind. Typical April.

Here is a chance to chill a bit with Andrei Obidin – Evening for Two.

You may prefer to watch this in full screen.

Wishing you a great day.

Moravians: ‘Hosanna, Blessed is He That Comes’

Palm Sunday. This coming week, Holy Week was a special time for my family as Moravians. Special memories of the Hymn “Hosanna, Blessed Is He That Comes” sung at the beginning of the Palm Sunday service and the concluding moving hymn “Ride on Ride on in Majesty.” I include both hymns in the post.

Holy Week, the week before Easter, often referred to as “Passion Week” by Moravians, is intended to be a full week of profound reflection, reverence and prayer.  The word passion comes from the noun translation of the verb pascho appearing in the gospels, where Jesus showed “himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3). There, the word passion means “to suffer,” particularly in reference to Christ’s sufferings and death.

Moravians gather every evening of Holy Week to read out loud from a harmony of the gospels, beginning with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with the burial. There are no sermons during Holy Week – just readings and congregational singing. A single hymn verse is sung in response to each passage read from the Bible – but, sometimes – there is silence.

Palm Sunday: The sixth Sunday in Lent is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Greeted by cheering crowds waving palm branches and proclaiming Him the Messianic King, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey as prophesized in Zechariah 9:9. (Matthew 21:1-11)

The Hosanna Anthem is based on the phrase Hosanna and is a traditional Moravian Anthem written by Christian Gregor, a Moravian Bishop in 1765. It is sung Antiphonally or Alternately, and is, “a call and response song”. Traditionally, it was sung between boys and girls, or the entire congregation between men and women, where the men would call and the women would respond. For example, the men would call: ‘Hosanna, blessed is He that comes’. The women would respond ‘Hosanna, blessed is He that comes’.

Hosanna, Oak Grove Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC

Now the conclusion: “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” | Graham George

Sung each year as the closing hymn for the Palm Sunday Service at Central Moravian, this stirring hymn captures the essence of the day; from the procession, with its “Hosannas” and palm branches, to the “approaching sacrifice.”

This is the Graham George version of the hymn, a bit different and darker than the Moravian version. Performed by the PlymouthChurch DSM

“Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” | Graham George

Wishing everyone a wonderful and Blessed Palm Sunday.

Sunday Respite – Sounds and the ‘Beauty of the Himalayas’

Photography and music beautiful as always. Another exceptional work done by videographer Annemieke van Leeuwen

The work is entitled “Exceptional Beauty of the Himalayas.” A reminder of what an interesting world in which we share.

We get a taste of the culture along with great sounds and superb photography.  I suggest watching this in full screen.

If you missed Saturday’s post, a great collection of the unusual and beautiful. Full of surprises!

Saturday Passel of Potpourri – April Beginnings

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – The Rose – Spring!

The first day of Spring today.  Soon we will be blessed with an array of beautiful things and bountiful food provided by Mother Nature. What could be better than Andre Rieu, “The Rose” and beautiful photography of Spring.

The Spring Equinox. The Wheel turns. An important day of celebration since the time of the ancients. For a few moments in time… the earth remains in balance…between the light and the dark.

Andre Rieu and “The Rose” is my selection for today’s Sunday Respite. For those interested, a video follows entitled “The meaning of the Spring Equinox.

I suggest watching this in full screen.

For those who choose taking some time for self-reflection on the Spring Equinox.

I offer you these thoughts…

Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard from Belsebuub expand upon the symbolic and spiritual significance of this time.

“…Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world.

You may choose to believe some, all or none of it. That’s fine.

Wishing you a blessed and happy day.

Sunday Respite – ‘Wake Up’

For today’s Sunday Respite some great sounds and beautiful photography.

Melibea – Wake Up

Tahiti and Fiji – most beautiful places on the Planet. I suggest watching this in full screen.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Sunday Respite – Prayer


“Prayer.” is my selection once again for today. It seems a fitting choice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine. The terrible fear and anxiety they have for their friends, family and for themselves.  May good triumph over evil. 

Artist Montserrat Caballé;Montserrat Martí

By all means watch this in full screen.



We are told in James 5:16 “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

May peace come to the people of the Ukraine.


Have a blessed day.


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